Rickie Lee Jones
Girl At Her Volcano
A mix of studio and live tracks from the late ’70′s through the early ’80s and released in 1983, Girl At Her Volcano is my all time favorite Rickie Lee Jones record. Her live version of “My Funny Valentine” is pitch perfect her vocal inflections conveying waves of emotion and sounding like the best unknown horn player you’ve never heard while drunk in some bar, “Walk Away Rene” is touching, “Under the Boardwalk” is full of youthful hopeful happy longing, “Hey Bub” is coolly forlorn, “Lush Life” is sloppy happy sad and “So Long” is nearly impossibly lovely.
But it’s always been “Rainbow Sleeves”, a song written by Tom Waits, that dredges up impossible alcohol-fueled hopes from the deepest places you never knew you had and don’t want to know about when sober. “whiskey gives you wings / to carry / each one of your dreams”